The unicode property indicates whether or not the "u" flag is used with a regular expression. unicode is a read-only property of an individual regular expression instance.

Property attributes of RegExp.prototype.unicode
Writable no
Enumerable no
Configurable yes


The value of unicode is a Boolean and true if the "u" flag was used; otherwise false. The "u" flag enables various Unicode-related features. With the "u" flag, any Unicode code point escapes will be interpreted as such, for example.

You cannot change this property directly. It is read-only.


Using the unicode property

var regex = new RegExp('\u{61}', 'u');

console.log(regex.unicode); // true


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'RegExp.prototype.unicode' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition.
ECMAScript 2017 Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'RegExp.prototype.unicode' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support No support 46 (46) No support No support No support
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support No support 46.0 (46) No support No support No support

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